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Arias for Caffarelli / Franco Fagioli

Franco Fagioli , Giovanni Battista Pergolesi , Johann Adolf Hasse , Leonardo Vinci , Nicola Porpora , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Johann Adolf Hasse, Leonardo Vinci, Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Leo, et al.
  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nave
  • ASIN: B00D1QBQ2G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Siroe: "Fra l'orror della tempesta"Riccardo Minasi 5:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Siroe: "Ebbi da te la vita"Riccardo Minasi 7:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Semiramide riconosciuta "In braccio a mille furie"Riccardo Minasi 5:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Demofoonte: "Misero pargoletto"Riccardo Minasi 7:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Semiramide riconosciuta: "Passaggier che sulla sponda"Riccardo Minasi 6:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Adriano in Siria: "Lieto cos talvolta"Riccardo Minasi11:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Demofoonte: "Sperai vicino il lido"Riccardo Minasi 6:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. L'Ipermestra: "Rendimi pi sereno"Riccardo Minasi 8:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Valdemaro: "Un cor che ben ama"Riccardo Minasi 4:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lucio Vero ossia il vologeso: "Cara ti lascio, addio"Riccardo Minasi 8:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lucio Papiro dittatore: "Odo il suono di tromba guerriera"Riccardo Minasi 8:090.89  Buy MP3 

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Thanks to his outstanding virtuosity and heart-rending expressivity, countertenor Franco Fagioli has turned to be one of the most exciting vocal artists of recent times. Frequent partner of Cecilia Bartoli, specialist in Handel and Monteverdi, he is now firmly established on the European Baroque scene. 'Arias for Caffarelli' is Fagoli s debut album on Naïve and this release follows his recent triumph in the renowned Vinci 'Artaserse', also featuring Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emmanuel Cencic: Franco Fagioli, in pure, resonant voice, gives an outstanding performance as Arbace. The New York Times Franco Fagioli, as Arbace, shows the largest vocal range from tenoral depth up to soprano. Die Welt Castrato Caffarelli was probably the best rival of Farinelli in the 18th century in Italy (mainly in Napoli and Rome). Caffarelli was renowned for both his extravagance and his extraordinary vocal skills. Recorded here for the first time, those extremely virtuoso arias by the most famous Neapolitan composers of that time were waiting to find a voice able to give them a new life. The full-colour 76-page booklet includes essays and pictures about the music life in Naples, Caffarelli and Farinelli.

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VAL 5333; VALOIS - Francia; Classica Lirica Recital

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute joy 18 Sep 2013
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I heard Fagioli for the first time in Artaserse, from Vinci, and his performance stood out, well above the all-star cast of that opera.
I feared a delusion in this CD, being my expectances so high, but, well, I got just a corroboration of the appreciation for the marvellous vocal accomplishments of this artist!
A sumptuous voice, incredibly rich, flexible, agile, and, at the same time, nuanced, neither aggressive nor rampant. A true, deep pleasure for the listening, and also a great sensibility, the capacity to convey true meaning: passion, pain, fear, rage... Following my present knowledge, Fagioli is the best-best-best guy of the countertenors bunch!

Well, beyond the vocal pleasure, we can find a well capable conductor (Riccardo Minasi) and an excellent orchestra (Il Pomo d'Oro), that complete the top quality of this disc. Precision, liveliness and sparkle mark IMHO this execution.

Talking about the repertoire, in this CD we can found several arias composed for a well renowed castrato, Caffarelli. The wonderful French/English booklet, copious in texts and iconography, tells a lot about his life, atouts and temperamental flaws. Though I would not claim any of these arias as a masterpiece, all of them are pleasant and some are really touching (particularly in Pergolesi's "Lieto così talvolta").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Show Off 3 Sep 2013
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Franco Fagioli has been one of the leading countertenors of the new generation for a few years now, ever since winning the prestigious Neue Stimmen competition in Germany in 2003. Recently though, with recordings like Vinci: Artaserse and now Steffani: Stabat Mater / Bartoli as well as some sensational stage performances, his career has taken a dramatic new trajectory. This album from the French label Nave catches Fagioli riding a wave of dazzling showmanship backed by an astounding technique beyond the dreams of most mortals.

Fittingly, Fagioli has chosen here to reflect the theatricality and swagger, as well as the extravagant virtuosity of Gaetano Majorano, a compatriot of the more well-known Farinelli. The impressive 76 page booklet is full of anecdotes about his outrageous behaviour, both on and off stage, for Caffarelli, as he re-named himself, was quite the prima donna. He used various techniques to unnerve other soloists onstage lest they steal his limelight, and he wasn't averse to challenging those who crossed his path to a duel. (In the London of 1738 however, he met his match in Handel, who was well used to dealing with big egos. On the pretext of concern that Caffarelli may forget his lines in Faramondo, Handel accompanied on the harpsichord playing every note of his aria, as one might with an inexperienced and nervous singer. Presumably Caffarelli was suitably chastened.)

Interestingly, on this CD Handel is conspicuous by his absence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifico! 10 Sep 2013
By Naty
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The amazingly talented young counter-tenor Franco Fagioli presents a quite rare, sophisticated and demanding selection of baroque arias. A beautiful voice, a perfect technique, a refined musicality: all of these assets make Fagioli's prospects in discography quite promising, in my view. This CD is a revelation or even a sensation in baroque music interpretation this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! 18 Sep 2013
By C. Ryan
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The 'Arias for Cafferelli' CD takes us into the world of Baroque opera where tempests rage, sons are condemned by their fathers and lovers bewail their partings in a wonderful range of visceral music. Those who have heard Fagioli in Vinci's Artaserse will have an idea of his amazing range, technique and sheer beauty of delivery. He does not disappoint. From the furies of outrage, the despair at parental judgement, to the most tender feelings of love, he carries us spellbound. So does Il Pomo D'Oro under Riccardo Minasti. They bombast us with brass for the furies of nature, sing duets with Fagioli with wind instruments and then let the strings so sensitively describe his sorrow - all with a superb mellow golden tone. It is a gem of a CD with a booklet to match.
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